Norwegian film institute
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PARIS — Tomas Alfredson’s “The Snowman” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” are the first two movies which will receive backing from the Norwegian Film Institute’s new incentive scheme for international and local films and series.

The incentive scheme was launched by The Norwegian Film Institute on Jan. 1 to ramp up the number of international movies and TV shows showcasing Norway as well as boost the Norwegian film sector’s growth and encourage the training and expertise of local industry players and crews. Films must spend at least 25% of their budget in Norway in order to be eligible. Grants are handed out upon films’ completion.

Adapted from Jo Nesbø’s novel by Matthew Carnahan and Hossein Amini,”The Snowman” turns on a Norwegian homicide detective with a checkered past who hunts for a sadistic serial killer with the help of a female detective whose connection to the case is more personal than he realized.
The Working Title pic will shoot in Oslo, Bergen and Rjukan. It will receive NOK 40.5 million from the Norwegian scheme.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’s “Downsizing,” which is penned by Payne and Jim Taylor, is a social satire turning on a man who realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
It will lense in Norway’s coastal and fjord scenery and Bergen. Pic will receive NOK 4.5 million.

“As the Scheme has a limited framework, We have worked out an evaluation method which, in our opinion, will function well for several years to come and several rounds of funding, and which will take into account that both Norwegian and foreign productions of international format may be awarded grants,” said Stine Helgeland, the Norwegian Film Institute’s executive director of promotion and international relations.

“In this first application round, all the applications were of high quality, but ‘The Snowman’ stood out from the others, chiefly due to the production’s international market potential, and the size and quality of its budget share in Norway,” added Helgeland.

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